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What is the NDIS?

About 4.3 million Australians live with disabilities. Over the next five years, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plans to allocate over $22 billion annually, aiding an estimated 500,000 Australian people with permanent and significant disabilities. This scheme marks a crucial milestone for many, offering essential disability support for the first time, profoundly impacting their lives.

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NDIS - What Does It Mean?


The NDIS implementation is progressively expanding across all states and territories, aiming for comprehensive coverage across the nation.


The NDIS extends support to those with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive, and psychosocial disabilities. It also offers early intervention support for eligible individuals and children with developmental delay.


The NDIS provides assurance to all Australians that if they, their child, or a loved one is born with or acquires a substantial and permanent disability, the necessary support will be available.


The NDIS isn't just a handout—it's a game-changer! It's all about empowering individuals to access the necessary support, fostering skill development, and enhancing independence progressively.

Information For Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Participants

Culturally appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander NDIS booklets are available to download or order:

  • Getting started with the NDIS (PDF 6.7MB) 
  • How to Start with the NDIS

The booklets will help communities understand and apply for the NDIS, and features artwork from local Northern Territory artist Carol Beasley, from the Barkly Region – one of the first NDIS trial sites.

For more information on how to use these products appropriately, feedback and suggestions for translations, please contact [email protected]

If you wish to order hard copies of the booklets, please call 1800 800 110.


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